In Years 7 & 8 ALL students undertake a minimum of 90 minutes of leadership every week through 3 leadership modules written by TFL Education (First Steps to Leadership, Learning to Lead – Born to Lead, and Learning to Lead – Taking the Lead). The programme provides a combination of classroom and activity based lessons delivered in school, and endorsed and certified through TFL Education and the Chartered Management Institute. To build confidence in verbal communications, students also undertake a weekly programme of Public Speaking.
As part of the King’s extended writing programme and our drive on literacy, ALL students complete 5 essays on leadership every year and undertake a weekly home-learning task on a famous leader. Every week, and within our House structure, students also have a daily ASPIRE session with their Academic Tutor, which focuses on a particular leadership trait, famous leadership quote and the work of a famous leader (ASPIRE Learning Cycle 1, ASPIRE Learning Cycle 2, ASPIRE Learning Cycle 3, ASPIRE Learning Cycle 4, ASPIRE Learning Cycle 5).
As part of our unique student leadership competency framework, students are also able to undertake nationally accredited leadership awards in PE, Drama, Maths, Literacy and Science to fulfil criteria linked to their Service, Volunteering and Skills portfolios. During Physical Education lessons, all students have the opportunity to gain their Level 1 and 2 Awards in Personal Water Survival and Life Saving, certificated through the Amateur Swimming Association http://www.swimming.org/ ; their Bronze-Gold Award in Sword Fencing, certificated through the British Academy of Fencing http://www.baf-fencing.org/ ; and their White-Orange Belts in Ju-Jitsu, certificated through the World Ju-Jitsu Federation http://www.wjjf.co.uk/.
Students also apply their knowledge on leadership practically through team based challenges, projects and on outdoor expeditions (Leadership Residential Programme). As part of their ‘first steps to leadership’ programme, every Year 7 pupil attends a two day leadership residential adventure at the Brathay Centre, on Lake Windermere. This is a crucial part of their first year at King’s and all pupils benefit hugely from the experience, both educationally and socially, within a secure and controlled outward bound residential environment. In Year 8, students return to the Brathay Centre for a three day leadership residential as they prepare for their Duke of Edinburgh http://www.dofe.org/ Bronze Award beginning in Year 9. Also in Year 7 and 8, students undertake the Young Leaders Award in First Aid and Outdoor Navigation as part of the ‘King’s Troop’.